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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 review: hands-on

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 won our heart back in 2013, and now it has a little brother to keep it company – the 7in FZ-M1. Cut from the same ultra-tough, ruggedised cloth as its 10.1in stablemate, the FZ-M1 delivers Core i5 processing power, Windows 8.1 and a range of accessories that allow it to adapt to almost any situation.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review: first look

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Samsung announced an update to its ground-breaking Galaxy Camera at CES 2014, and we were lucky enough to give an early sample an in-depth test while in Las Vegas. The final version will go on sale in February, with a suggested retail price of £399 inc VAT.

The original Galaxy Camera gained a PC Pro Recommended award, combining as it did the best parts of a camera and phone – a compact camera with built-in 3G, a full-sized screen and Google Android to power it, not to mention a phenomenal 21x optical zoom.

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Nanoport: the magnetic connector that could be built into all future phones and tablets

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I spent a couple of hours in Eureka Park at CES 2014. Despite its name, it isn’t full of trees and gentlemen in baths, but is rather a place for nascent technology companies to showcase their ideas – and hopefully get some publicity, some financial backing and some interest from big companies.

Nanoport is one of the most intriguing ideas there. It’s a magnetic connector that could be placed in the corner of future smartphones, tablets and peripherals to allow other devices to connect.

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Forget Google Glass: LifeLogger promises augmented memory

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

CES 2014 is the first public place I’ve seen people shamelessly wandering round wearing Google Glasses, and to be frank those people look both ridiculous and a little smug. Not a good combination. But Florida-based LifeLogger is promising something different with its device: augmented memory.

While LifeLogger says that it’s the software that really marks out its product compared to anything else on the market, the most natural place to start is with the hardware.

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WobbleWorks 3Doodler – the $99 3D-printing pen

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The days when every home has a 3D printer might be some way off yet, but not if WobbleWorks has anything to do with it – the company has created a $99 3D-printing pen, the 3Doodler.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8 review: first look

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 is the first compact Windows tablet to enter the ThinkPad family, and it’s an absolute stunner. With Windows 8.1 powered by quad-core Bay Trail and an 8.4in, 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, this looks to the be the must-have business tablet.

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How to create and view 3D photos with your iPhone: meet Poppy

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Poppy3D cameraI’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to 3D, but this little optical box of tricks – on show at CES 2014 and now on sale via Poppy3D.com – caught my imagination.

Perhaps it’s because it looks so wonderfully retro, reminding me of those optical illusion boxes that were all the rage in the 70s and 80s. Or perhaps it’s the outrageous enthusiasm of Poppy’s co-founder, Ethan Lowry, on show in the video below.

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Hands-on demo of the Nuance smart watch interface

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

It’s easy to be cynical about wearable technology, especially with the level of hype about the subject at CES 2014, but when clever companies such as Nuance are creating genuinely user-friendly interfaces we can see the hype becoming reality.

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Toshiba Chromebook review: first look at the £249 13in laptop

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Toshiba Chromebook _Full_Prod_04Toshiba, it turns out, is like one of those kids that sits back and waits, checking to see who and what’s popular before joining the gang. Only now that sales of devices are starting to pick up has it signed up to Google’s Chromebook vision, and its first entry looks great on paper: a 13in display, full-width keyboard, nine-hour battery life and a design that looks precisely like a MacBook from afar.

To emphasise this last point, just take a look at one of Toshiba’s official photos – such as the one we’ve used above.

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Toshiba Kira review: first look at luxury Ultrabook

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Toshiba Kiro main shotToshiba Kira is the company’s new top-end brand (although the KiraBook has been out in the States for a year) so it’s no surprise that the sole version chosen for the UK screams luxury from every silicon pore.

The most obvious sign of this is the combo of screen and chassis, with a gorgeous 2,560 x 1,440 display offering incredibly vivid colours. At 13.3in across, that translates to 221 pixels per inch. While specs junkies may appreciate that, what really matters is that text looks sharp and pictures jump from the screen.

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